Harford school, law enforcement cooperate on school security

As students and teachers returned to classrooms across Harford County, law enforcement and public school officials say they have worked to ensure they came back to a secure environment. For the most part, however, they are being tight-lipped about any changes in procedures or preventative measures that have been instituted to better protect Harford schools against deadly attacks from outside or inside. (Aegis)

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Homeless students find refuge in school

Zoe Carson was trying to alleviate a situation for a family with elementary school-age children who apparently had no way to bathe or wash clothes. They are among the more than 200 homeless students identified already this year in the county, said Carson, administrator of the Frederick County Public Schools Homeless Education Program. (News-Post)

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New FCC administrator aims to empower students

People said Wayne Barbour would never go to college. Now, he's involved in leading one. Barbour, 61, is the new vice president of learning support at Frederick Community College, the latest step in his rise through the ranks of two-year institutions in the Washington area. (News-Post)

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Classes close gap for shortage in skilled labor

Years ago, manufacturing jobs didn’t call for much training or education. Just a willingness to work hard, use your hands and not be afraid to get dirty. In 2013, manufacturing involves technology at every step of the way. Over the years, manufacturing has become more technological, and less dirty, which is the eternal marketing problem for the field, said Denise Beaver, deputy director of the Carroll County Department of Economic Development. (Carroll Co. Times)

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South County bus driver suspended for allegedly using cell phone while driving

An Anne Arundel County school bus driver was suspended Friday after a student snapped a cell phone photo of him allegedly talking on his cell phone while driving. (Capital)

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More students pursue college credit through FCC courses

Frederick Community College will expand its opportunities for Frederick County public high school students this year, one semester after dual enrollment began in the district. (News-Post)

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Pullen parents frustrated with parking lot delay, upkeep

Thomas G. Pullen Creative and Performing Arts School gets a top grade for its curriculum, but a failing grade for the appearance of part of its property, according to some parents. The school, at 700 Brightseat Road in Landover, is converting a front fenced-off area into a parking lot. Parents described the vacant lot as an “eyesore” and said that the construction — which began in 2011 — needs to be completed soon to improve traffic at the school. (Gazette)

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Feds resume effort to regulate for-profit colleges on their ‘gainful employment’ record

The Obama administration resumed a controversial effort Friday to regulate for-profit colleges and certain others that offer career-training programs to help graduates obtain “gainful employment.” From 2009 to 2011, the administration engaged in a sharp debate with the for-profit education sector and its allies over proposals to crack down on programs that leave graduates with heavy debts that they are unable to repay. (Wash. Post)

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